Distribution of Rosaries

KofC Vintage Rosary

Thanks to the efforts of Joe Pisani and our Catholic Ladies Service Organization (CLSO), on April 10, Rosaries were distributed to the Confirmation Class of St. Mark. The gifts were well received by the children. Bel Air Council members will be participating in the First Communion and the Confirmation Masses at St. Mark this year. The First Communion Mass will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 10:00am and the Confirmation Mass will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00pm.

Knights of Columbus Scholarships

Knights of Columbus awarded scholarships totaling more than $1.2 million to 552 students. Most recipients are the children of Knights or Knights working toward bachelor’s degrees at Catholic colleges and Catholic universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. These figures include $285,000 in grants to 116 seminarians in the United States and Canada.
The Order’s largest scholarship programs for college undergraduates are:
 Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships
 John W. McDevitt (Fourth Degree) Scholarships
 Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria (Canada) Scholarships.

Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarships are also reserved for freshmen entering The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and are administered by the university’s Office of Financial Assistance.

Other Scholarship Programs
 Endowed Scholarships The Knights of Columbus offers a limited number of endowed scholarships provided from earnings of funds established in the donors’ names. In accepting these gifts, the Order’s Board of Directors voted to administer endowed scholarships in conformance with the rules of the Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarship program, subject to the donors’ wishes.

 Matthews and Swift Educational Trust Scholarships Delegates to the 62nd Supreme Council Meeting in August 1944 voted to establish an Educational Trust Fund by the raising of $1 million through a special per capita tax on the members of the Order.

 Vocations Scholarships The Supreme Council administers two scholarship programs for students in the first four years of theology pursuing a vocation to the priesthood.

 Fellowships at The Catholic University of America The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., provides Knights of Columbus Fellowships for graduate study leading to a master’s degree or doctorate.

 Bishop Charles P. Greco Graduate Fellowships Established in 1973, the Bishop Charles P. Greco Graduate Fellowship Trust offers fellowships for full-time graduate study leading to a master’s degree in a program designed for the preparation of classroom teachers for people with intellectual disabilities.


Bel Air Council Soccer Challenge Winners

460_345_resizeBel Air Council conducted our Council level Soccer Challenge on September 19th at The John Carroll School from 3-5PM.  Nine Knights assisted with the setup, conduct, and breakdown of the Soccer Challenge field and received assistance from four John Carroll Students.  The John Carroll students received service hours for their part making this event a win for all involved.

Of all the contestants the Bel Air Winners by age group are:
Six & Under-boys:  James Pennington, total points 53
Six & Under-Girls:  Abigail Allen, total points 82.59-10 Boys:  Collin Moore, total points 13315-18 Girls:  Hollie Pisani, total points 113.5
15-18 Boys:  Seth Anderson total points 193.9

Congratulations to all the winners and all the participants.

Our new Third Degree Knights

3rd DegreeOn Friday 20 March six Bel Air Council Knights took their third degree.  Once a candidate completes the First Degree ceremony on the lesson of charity, he is considered a Knight of Columbus and can participate in all council activities.  First Degree members are encouraged to attain the Second and Third Degrees, which teach the lessons of unity and fraternity.  Upon taking the Third Degree, a member receives full honors of Knighthood and is “Knighted.”

Privileges of Third Degree membership include the ability to serve as a local council officer, and admission to state and Supreme Council business meetings.  First and Second Degree members can attend the state and Supreme Council meetings, but they are not allowed in the business sessions.

Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men 18 years of age or older who are practical (that is, practicing) Catholics in union with the Holy See.  This means that an applicant or member accepts the teaching authority of the Catholic Church on matters of faith and morals, aspires to live in accord with the precepts of the Catholic Church, and is in good standing in the Catholic Church.

Congratulations to the six men who took their degree and thank you to the other men who were their sponsors or just attending to support a brother Knight !!!

2015 Community Service Awards Reception

Knight’s are familiar with the Order’s slogan: “In Service to One. In Service to All.” This reception was about honoring three servant leaders from our Community and within our Council.

These three members of Bel Air Council, are a part of our service organization but have taken an additional step, answered a larger calling by dedicating their lives to service.

Community Service Reception 2015Servant leaders serve because they are motivated by love and humility.  Jesus is the perfect example of servant leadership as Jesus humbled himself and became a servant to all. If you recall: “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,” and “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Thank you Gentlemen.

Pro-Life Rosary and Dinner

Pro-life rosary5On February 24th 2015, Bel Air Council’s Culture of Life Chairman, Ted Kunkle (pictured) led a Pro-Life Rosary at the council home in Forest Hill. Due to inclement weather our Shrove Tuesday Dinner at St. Mark Parish in Forest Hill had been cancelled so Dick Kozlowski, PGK, pulled together a kitchen crew from Council members and our Catholic Ladies Service Organization (CLSO) and 60+ members and their ladies enjoyed a pancake breakfast with ham and sausage after reciting a Pro-Life Rosary.

In addition, Tom Sutera, PGK, and Family Activity Chair awarded our Family of the Month to Christopher J. Seling, his wife Jody and family members.  Christopher and Jody have been married nearly 50 years. They have attended and have been very active in St. Mark’s Church in Fallston, MD since 1972. Chris is also an Honorary Life Member of the Bel Air Council. Chris and Jody have 6 grandchildren – five girls and a boy. Chris is an accountant and has been taking care of our Council’s taxes for the past several years. He has also on several occasions advised the Council on Financial matters.

Tootsie Roll Drive

Another outstanding event conducted by Bel Air Council. I would like to thank all the members who participated in the October 2014 Program. It took 81 members to fill one or more of the 128, two hour spaces. Think about that for a second 81 members from a Council of about 300, that’s 27% involvement. Most volunteer organizations are grateful if 10% help out. Thank you !!!

For the second year in a row, we collected over $6,000.00 actually $6,361.74. After deducting the cost of the Tootsie Rolls the “ARC” and the “Harford Center” will both receive a check for $2,882.89.

Paul Zarachowicz, pictured, has been in charge of this program since I joined Bel Air Council in 2003.
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He has created a support staff that simply does an outstanding job. Those Knights are his weekly captains; Jack Fuchs, Bob Cassilly, & Tom Krista, who volunteered for two weeks each, plus Joe Klein and Tony Lamancusa who volunteered for one week each. In addition, thanks goes out to Chuck Lasek, who made reminder calls.

May God Bless and reward you for your time and loving hearts. The Grace you will receive will exceed the cost of 2 hours of your time.

Thank you to Paul Zarachowicz, Chairman a great job in his last year as Chair for this program. Paul has asked to step down and support in a different fashion next year.

Annual Car Raffle

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Dick Kozlowski’s efforts and his team of salesman netted 3838 tickets sold this year. A herculean effort and one that the Council appreciates immensely since the Council keeps $0.40 on every dollar sold.

Community Service Dinner

Bel Air Council Holds Annual Community Service Dinner

Tuesday, March 18th, Bel Air Council held it’s Annual Community Service Dinner.  Once again, following the Belmonte Mantra; “It didn’t happen if there were no pictures;” Council leadership enables you to view the photos taken by our resident photography expert, Mike Eaves: even if you were busy and could not attend.

Thanks go out to Pat Ruckle and John Knapstein who organized the event; Dick Kozlowski and Sharon DiMateo who managed the kitchen and Karen Warner who managed our wait staff provided by The John Carroll School: Emily Stancliff; and Brad Wescott.

The night was about honoring four servant leaders of our Community.  Servant leaders who serve because they are motivated by love and humility.  Jesus is the perfect example of servant leadership as he humbled himself and became a servant of all.  If you recall: “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,” and “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

The dinner enabled us to learn a little more about these four servant leaders and come away with a better understanding of why the Knights of Columbus and Bel Air Council take time every year to honor men and women like the four we met Tuesday night:

– DFC Grant Krulock – Police Officer of the Year

– Jake Hollin – Catholic High School Teacher of the Year

– Lisa Komondor – Catholic Elementary School Teacher of the Year

– Asst. Cpt. Rob Claridge – Firefighter of the Year

Bel Air Council Hosts the “Business Link Training Series”

Complimentary workshops for the business community

BizLink-Header The Bel Air Council started its second year providing free workshops to the area’s business community. Topics covered include Email Marketing Simple Strategies for Success”, “Growing Your Business with Social Media” and others. The “Business Link Training Series” are sponsored by the Bel Air Council, and hosted by Area Local Expert for Constant Contact and local college professor of social media for business Joe Oricchio.

By sponsoring the “Business Link Training Series” the Council offers local businesses a high value, free training experience while introducing Council Business Link Training Seriesthe local business community to our Council Hall and improving awareness of our Friday BINGO. The training series also offer excellent opportunities for networking and identifying potential new members. While providing this community service the Bel Air Council has promoted the Knights of Columbus as a positive modern service organization, while meeting new prospects and recruiting new members.

Tootsie Roll Drive 2014

Tootsie Roll Drive:


Approximately 80 brother Knights, 2 hours at a time, throughout the month of October, made this campaign a success.

image001The Tootsie Roll Drive is Bel Air Council’s biggest community effort with 100% of the proceeds going to two organizations in Harford County: The Arc and the Harford Center. In 2012 we raised over $5,000.

This year we raised over $6,000.  This is not only believed to be a new record but it set us first in the state in per capita sales this year. It was nice being recognized by our State Council but the best part was handing $3000 checks to both The Arc Northern Chesepeake Chapter and the Harford Center!!  Well done to all. A special thanks to our Brother who starts organizing things in August so we are ready in October: Paul Zarachowicz.  Thank him when you see him.

Fields Christmas Party 2013

Field’s Christmas Party: Field’s Christmas Party

Bel Air Council provides their hall, the food, the refreshments, and Santa arrives with presents for the members of the Field’s Organization. The Field’s Organization is made up of special needs Children who organized about 20 years ago and have grown-up together over the past two decades. Providing to special needs children of all ages provides a satisfaction that cannot be explained in words. Field’s Christmas Party

This year we learned that a number of members are Special Olympians. These athletes were brought forward and honored for their commitment to sports and together with our Grand Knight said Grace to begin the meal.

Additional information was provided to the council to support these Olympians through their fundraisers at Season’s Pizza (01-16-14) and Applebees. (02-09-14). It truly was a great evening.